16 Tips to Prepare Your Car, Van, or Truck for Self-Storage
If you want to keep your vehicle safe from vandalism, theft and the harsh weather conditions here in Ohio, consider keeping your car in a self-storage facility. Before storing your vehicle, it is necessary to prepare it for storage so that it is kept in good condition. Here are steps that will help you through this process:
Self-Storage for Cars, Vans & Trucks
- Thoroughly clean your vehicle inside and out. Wash the exterior, buffing out all imperfections and applying a good coat of wax to protect it from corrosion.
- Wipe the mirrors clean. Dirt and residue left on the mirrors for a long period of time can lead to rust and corrosion.
- Clean the interior of trash and debris. Vacuum thoroughly, removing all pet hair and food crumbs that might attract pests. Scrub off stains from the carpet and upholstery using a stain remover. Remove all items from the trunk and clean the carpet.
- Make any necessary repairs before storing.
- Change the oil and filter. Used oil contains acids, moisture, and other combustion byproducts that causes engine corrosion. Do this one-to-two days before storing.
- Pull the spark plugs then add a teaspoon of engine oil inside every cylinder. Replace the spark plugs to coat the inside of the cylinders and prevent rust.
- Block all engine openings with an absorbent cotton cloth to protect the engine from moisture.
- Spray the exposed metal surfaces of your engine such as the car body, hose clamps, and coils with a good lubricant to prevent rust.
- Fill the gas tank to the highest level to prevent moisture and air from getting inside. Next, add a fuel stabilizer to the gas tank and drive the car around for about 10 miles to allow it to circulate within the system. Adding a fuel stabilizer prevents the gas from breaking down.
- Flush out the brake fluid then refill. Check fluid levels for brakes, clutch, and master cylinders.
- Slightly over inflate the tires to 37 or 38 psi to prevent flat spots. Check the tires for leaks and perform the necessary repairs before storage. Avoid using products to give your tires a shine; these will eventually dry out the tires and increase dry rot.
- Roll up the windows and close the vents.
- Place a plastic bag over the exhaust pipe opening and seal it with duct tape.
- Remove the blades of windshield wipers and place thin wood strips or white cotton cloth underneath to prevent scratching.
- Cover your vehicle with a tarp.
- Park the auto on a plastic sheet or on jacks. Make sure that the emergency break is off to prevent it from sticking. Surround the outside of your vehicle with moth balls and mouse traps to keep pests away.
Do you have questions about storing your vehicle in our facility? Give us a call today at (330) 484-1370 or send us a message.